George Grant FRICS ACIArb is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and practising Arbitrator with over 45 years experience in the fields of Development & Project Management, Cost Management, Contract Administration, Claims Consultancy, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration. Twenty seven of those years have now been spent in the Middle East (7yrs in Oman, 20 in the UAE). George has held top management positions in leading consultancy and corporate organisations and has completed many assignments throughout the region as well as in India and Africa and the Far East. He now runs his own international construction management consultancy practice based in Dubai and is a board member of various associated companies.
George has successfully pursued and defended multiple multimillion dollar claims and has extensive experience of contracts and commercial management work both in a building, civil and infrastructure environment. He is a practising Arbitrator, Mediator and Dispute Resolution Expert.
Steffen Pedersen is a lawyer qualified in Hong Kong, England & Wales and Nauru. He holds degrees from City University, London; City University, Hong Kong; King’s College, London; and, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an Aspiring Full Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association and a Member of the Baltic Exchange.
Steffen has worked in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and most recently in Singapore, where he was a partner in a leading law firm, building a practice as an arbitrator and general third party neutral and become a full-time independent arbitrator and mediator upon joining ArbDB Chambers on 1 March 2022.
His experience as both lawyer and neutral extends to the full range of shipping and offshore matters, including disputes related to commodities, construction (all types of vessels/units), EPC contracts, drilling contracts, sale and purchase disputes, pooling agreements, charterparties, sale and leasebacks and cargo/bill of lading.
Steffen is a member of the arbitration panels of many of the leading institutions in the world, including the SCMA, HKIAC, MIAC and KCAB and is currently on the SIAC Reserve List. He has conducted nearly 70 arbitrations as an arbitrator, including under the rules of the SCMA, SIAC, HKIAC and LMAA, and well over 100 arbitrations as counsel.
Peter McQueen accepts appointments as arbitrator and mediator in respect of cross-border commercial disputes, in particular those relating to international trade and transport.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and an Aspiring Full Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA).
He has acted as an arbitrator in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, including those conducted under the auspices of Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre , the ICC, the LMAA, the Singapore International Arbitration Commission and the Singapore Chamber for Maritime Arbitration.
He is an arbitration panel member of arbitration institutions in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and United Kingdom.
Sheila Bates, MCIArb, CEDR accredited mediator (2007) is an international dispute resolution professional, facilitator and trainer. She has wide-ranging international experience gained in consulting, multi-nationals, financial institutions and public sector organisations over more than 25 years. She is a member of the CEDR mediation panel.
As a mediator, Sheila is particularly in interested in cross cultural and workplace and employment disputes. She has an in-depth knowledge of emerging markets. Sheila led the implementation of mediation in an international financial institution as part of its internal justice system.
Mark Appel has nearly 40 years of global arbitration and mediation experience, having served in both executive and senior executive positions at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), leaving ICDR/AAA as Senior Vice President, EMEA in December of 2015.
While serving as an AAA Executive, Mr. Appel personally administered or was responsible for the administration of thousands of commercial arbitrations and mediations.
Mr. Appel is thoroughly familiar with Civil and Common law arbitration and mediation practice and procedure, with over 30 years of experience in training arbitrators and mediators on four continents on behalf of various arbitral institutions, government ministries, Courts and NGOs.
Richard Price has a background in general commercial litigation, including contract and licensing disputes, becoming regarded as one of the UK’s leading patent and trade mark litigation lawyers.
Working as a neutral in ADR , he brings over 50 years’ experience as a solicitor in commercial litigation, leading teams in landmark cases and heading market-leading IP litigation practices, and spear-heading the Taylor Wessing merger in 2002. He has extensive experience in many jurisdictions including the USA, Hong Kong and Western and Central Europe, as well as the UK.
His practice there covered all aspects of IP law at all levels up to and including the UK House of Lords and Supreme Court, and the Privy Council, leading the winning teams in all four cases there.
Most recently, as head of IP Arbitration and Mediation at CMS London, he focussed on the resolution of disputes in multi-jurisdictional contract, patent, trade mark, passing off and copyright cases across a wide range of sectors.
He has conducted as a neutral both arbitrations and mediations in licensing and contractual disputes, as well as patent, trademark and passing off cases, all being international ones.
Paul Rose is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Chartered Surveyor and an Accredited Mediator with Clerksroom the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and RICS. Paul has mediated some 150 mediations and he has over some 51 years’ broad experience as a Chartered Surveyor both in private practice and in the corporate sector.
Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the President’s Panel of Arbitrators at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and CIArb Disputes Service panel – property. He undertakes arbitrations under the Pubs Code and the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022. He is also a member of the President’s Panel of Mediators at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as well as RICS Neighbourhood Disputes Panel; and is one of the few people dual qualified as a commercial Mediator and an Arbitrator. Paul is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Dubai Mediation Centre.
Paul is also a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the London Court of International Arbitration and the panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and the Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration.
He is a member of the panel of Mediators at the Dubai Mediation Centre and is a member of the RICS.
Chris McArdle is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited Mediator. He is Managing Director of Innotec, a technology consultancy specialising in Electronics, Microelectronics and Software. He is currently Master of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators and a past Chairman of The Academy of Experts and has practiced in many major cases in the UK, Europe, USA and Far East. He is a member of the President’s Lists of CIArb (mediation) and the IET (arbitration, mediation, expert). Chris has published over 400 arbitration awards as sole arbitrator.
Chris holds a PhD in Microelectronics and is an acknowledged expert in the fields of electronics, microelectronics and software, having over 40 years of experience in the electronics and ICT industries.
He has a worldwide reputation in all aspects of high volume product manufacture (contracts, industrial design, materials, design methods, testing, distribution, outsourcing) and has significant experience at Board level in Far East electronics and telecommunications companies.
Chris practices as Arbitrator, Mediator and Expert Witness.
Robert has over 35 years’ experience of the construction industry with particular emphasis on all forms of alternative dispute resolution. After 12 years as a quantity surveyor Robert entered the Bar dealing with civil, landlord & tenant, property and construction law issues whilst also undertaking arbitration and adjudication disputes as the neutral.
Robert currently practices from SWL Chambers as Counsel representing a variety of clients from numerous industry sectors and is regularly appointed as arbitrator, adjudicator, expert determiner, mediator, and dispute board member through ArbDB Chambers in London. Robert additionally practices in the GGC Region as Counsel with Al Suwaidi & Company in Dubai specialising in all aspects of the property and construction industry.
Anthony Fincham is a highly experienced and skilled mediator, who was until recently a partner at a leading London Law Firm. Anthony specialises in workplace dispute resolution. He has mediated in a wide range of other types of dispute.
He is a member of the Court of Appeal Mediation Panel and until recently, a Member of the City of London Law Society Employment Committee. Anthony is a former non-executive director of ADR Group and Chairman of ADR London.
Dr Mark Hoyle has practised as an arbitrator since 1999. He has arbitrated under the auspices of many of the leading institutions in the UK around the world, including the ICC, the LCIA, the LMAA, the CIArb, the Law Society of England & Wales, the DIAC, the DIFC/LCIA, ADDCCAC and the Cairo Regional Center for Arbitration. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator.
Mark was accredited as a mediator in 2001 and has mediated a wide range of commercial and family business disputes. He is, in addition, an acknowledged expert on Arab and Islamic law and was awarded a PhD from the School of Oriental and Africa Studies, following spells of work, research and study in Cairo and Alexandria. His PhD thesis evaluated the origins and evolution of the Egyptian legal system from 1870 to 1946.
Mark is also the author of several law books. As a member of the English Bar, Mark has over 30 years of experience of Egyptian law and other jurisdictions in the region, including Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia and was based for some years, working as counsel, in the UAE.
Henri Mizzi is an advocate, admitted to practise law before the Superior Courts of Malta.
Before setting up a practice as an Independent Arbitrator and Mediator and joining ArbDB Chambers, Henri was senior partner at Camilleri Preziosi, one of Malta’s premier commercial law firms. Apart from his advisory and transactional responsibilities, he was responsible for the firm’s dispute resolution practice, and he handled the firm’s most important cases.
His work spanned several economic sectors including banking and financial services, construction, communications, shipping, insurance, and energy. The branches of the law he covered were varied and included banking law, company law, communications law, construction law, insurance law, intellectual property law and shipping law. During the last ten years or so of his practice, Henri dealt increasingly with administrative law issues, given their growing importance in the commercial world.
Jane is listed as a Global Leader in Who’s Who Mediation and featured in Legal 500 Hall of Fame 2022.
Jane is a former city solicitor, and now a full-time mediator with over 25 years’ experience of mediating commercial cases. She has mediated hundreds of disputes and is frequently chosen for her extensive mediation experience as well as her ability to handle complex and emotive cases.
Jane was accredited as a commercial mediator in 1996 (CEDR). She currently President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, of which she is a Fellow, and a CMC registered mediator and an IMI (The International Mediation Institute) Certified International Mediator.
Jane has mediated a wide variety of disputes including: Commercial Disputes, Business and Partnership, Professional Negligence, Boardroom Disputes, Joint Ventures, Family Business and Trusts, Employment and Workspace, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury and Property and Construction.
Tony Marks has more than thirty years’ experience of dispute resolution. He was a solicitor and litigation partner at CMS Cameron McKenna from 1983 to 2008 and now practises as an independent mediator and arbitrator. He has sat as sole arbitrator and as Tribunal member in a number of commercial arbitrations and acted as mediator in a wide range of disputes.
He is an accredited mediator with ADR Group, a member of ADR Chambers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. As a litigation partner, his primary areas of industry specialisation were in financial markets, financial services, corporate and energy disputes, information technology and commodities and futures markets, although he had experience of disputes in diverse business areas.
Michael Cover is a Member of ArbDB Chambers. He has over 30 years’ experience as a Barrister and Solicitor, both in private practice and as in-house Counsel. He is an accredited Mediator with CEDR, a Fellow of the Civil Mediation Council and has been involved in over 260 mediations. Michael is named in the Legal 500 2020 Mediators Hall of Fame and in Tier 3 of UK Mediators in the same publication. He is rated as both a Global and UK National Leader in Mediation Who’s Who Legal 2020. He has also completed Investor-State Mediation training with ICSID/CEDR/IMI and Dispute Board Training with the DBF.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a Chartered Arbitrator (CArb) and has handed down over 100 arbitration awards, including under the arbitration rules of the ICC, the LCIA and CIMAR. He is an Aspiring Full Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association.
Michael accepts instructions as arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator. He is on the panels of neutrals of many of the leading UK and international private dispute resolution institutions, including AAA/ICDR, AIADR, ADGM, AIAC, CEDR, CIArb, Clerksroom, CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, DIAC, IPOS Mediation, KCAB, the Law Society of England and Wales, QICDRC, RIBA, SCCA, SCMA, UK Adjudicators, WIPO and the World Forum of Offshore Wind, as well as the RICS Dispute Board Register.
John Wright is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. After 40 years in practice as a solicitor he now sits full time as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator and Dispute Board Member, chiefly in construction and engineering projects but also encompassing disputes arising in the energy, commodity, travel, mining, real estate and banking fields.
John is on the FIDIC President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators and is currently sitting on a number of Dispute Boards globally. He is also included on arbitration, adjudication and mediation panels worldwide including the United Kingdom, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Thailand, Vietnam and Georgia.
John has long been identified as a leading construction lawyer in Chambers Directory and the Legal 500 and is named as one of the world’s leading construction lawyers in the 2022 edition of the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and past Co-Chair of the International Construction Projects committee of the International Bar Association.
Stephen Bate is a British citizen, Chartered Arbitrator, barrister and accredited mediator, with a UK domestic and international commercial arbitration practice carried on through ARBDB, international arbitration chambers in London. His practice background is as a barrister at the English Bar, with over 30 years’ experience in a range of civil and commercial matters, specialising in media & entertainment law, latterly at 5RB barristers’ chambers until 2017.
Stephen was accredited as a mediator in the UK by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in 2002 and has since mediated approximately 200 cases with values up to £250M in a very wide range of commercial disputes, with a settlement rate of about 70%. His mediation practice is carried out through CEDR: www.cedr.com.
Stephen is listed in Who’s Who Legal 2022 and the Legal 500 2022 as a recommended / leading mediator.